Click here for SPRING 2016 SOC GEN undergraduate research opportunities
OR go to http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ which identifies current, active ISG research projects. Contact the faculty member associated with the project and ask if he or she needs undergraduate help.
General Information about undergraduate research opportunities:
SRP 99: Freshmen and sophomores interested in course credit for research should explore the UCLA Student Research Program (SRP), http://www.ucla.edu/research/undergraduate-research, which advertises projects in either arts/humanities/social sciences or the sciences. Enrollment in course SRP 99 yields 1-2 units, graded Pass/No Pass. On the SRP website, you will find links to various workshops including how to get started in research through SRP course 99 (http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/srpdates.htm and http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/urhass/workshops.htm).
Departmental course 196 and 199: Juniors and Seniors might pursue a research apprenticeship (course 196) or directed research (course 199). These courses typically yield 2-4 units, letter graded. The onus is on the student to search for a research project and faculty member to serve as your supervisor. Here are some ways you might search:
- http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ links you to active ISG research projects. If you see something you like, then ask the associated faculty member if they need undergraduate assistance.
- look at other UCLA department websites for research projects and faculty contacts.
- http://www.research.ucla.edu/labs/index.htm lists other UCLA research centers and institutes.
- professors or guest lecturers who impressed you with their research – ask them if they need an undergrad research assistant.
SOC GEN 196 (apprenticeship) and 199 (directed research) differ mainly in workload and units.
- SOC GEN 196 = light load… 2 units, letter graded, 4-6 hours/week, no paper required. Limit two quarters of enrollment.
- SOC GEN 199 = heavy load… 4 units, letter grade, 8-20 hours/week, 10-15 page paper required. No limit to # quarters enrollment.
Course 196 and 199 in other departments might be defined slightly differently, and you could read their course descriptions via this webpage, http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/schedule/catsel.aspx.
Contract Courses: Courses 99 and 196-199 are contract courses. Once you have identified a research project and the supervising faculty member has agreed to take you, then you need to complete a contract. (SOC GEN 195CE is also a contract course, but instead of the following the bullets below, you will contact our SOC GEN 195CE internship coordinator — see http://www.uei.ucla.edu/communitylearninginternships.htm.)
For contracts other than SOC GEN 195CE:
- go to www.my.ucla.edu. Under ‘CLASSES’ select ‘CONTRACT COURSES’ and supply the information requested. NOTE: choose letter grade option, if you want to use these units to satisfy HBS major or SOC GEN minor program requirements.
- Print contract
- Have the faculty mentor named on the contract sign it. You do NOT also need department chair’s signature.
- Turn signed contract in to the relevant department before end of Week 2. (Bring SOC GEN course contracts to 3360C Life Sciences Building.)
|SRP/SOC GEN 99||Student Research Program. 1-2 units. Pass/NP.||http://www.ucla.edu/research/undergraduate-research||FROSH and SOPH||Undergrad research opportunities for undergrads in their 1st or 2nd year.||—|
|SOC GEN 188 SA/SB/SC||Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators||http://www.uei.ucla.edu/usie.htm||JR and SR||Year-long program run by Univ Education Initiatives. Apply in spring for following year’s USIE program.||SOC GEN 188SA/SB/SC will fully satisfy the internship requirement of the HBS major or one HBS elective.|
|SOC GEN 189HC||Honors Contracts||http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/honors/contracts.html||JR and SR||Supplemental work/study as adjunct to upper div lecture course.||—|
|SOC GEN 195CE||Community or Corporate Internship. 4 units. 8hrs/wk. Letter grade.||http://www.uei.ucla.edu/communitylearning.htm||HBS majors only||Internship in professional setting. Meetings with internship coordinator. Paper required.||One quarter (4 units) fully satisfies the HBS major program’s internship/apprenticeship/research requirement. If two quarters, then 2nd can count as one HBS elective.|
|SOC GEN 196||Research Apprenticeship. 2 units. 4-7 hrs/wk. Letter grade. Limit 2 quarters.||http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/||JR and SR||Research assistance provided to faculty member. No paper required.||Two quarters (2+2=4 units) fully satisfies the HBS major program’s internship/apprenticeship/research requirement or one elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.|
|SOC GEN 197||Individual Studies. 4 units.8hrs/wk.Letter grade.||http://socgen.ucla.edu/people/||JR and SR||Individual intensive study and meetings with faculty member. Research paper required.||Each quarter (4 units) counts as an elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.|
|SOC GEN 199||Directed Research. 4 units. 8-20 hrs/wk. Letter grade.||http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/||JR and SR||Research assistance provided to faculty member. Paper required.||Each quarter (4 units) counts as an elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.|
Past Apprenticeships (SOC GEN 196 or 199):
- WINTER 2016: How do Racists Understand Genetics?; Modeling the Evolution of Technology; History of Food Biotechnology; Personalized Medicine and Genomics: New Persons, Diagnosis, and Institutions
- FALL 2015: History of Public Mental Health; Modeling the Evolution of Technology
- FALL 2014: History of Public Mental Health; Modeling the Evolution of Technology
- SPRING 2014: Historical Studies in Genetics and Bioinformatics
- WINTER 2014: Shifting Understandings of Autism and the Environment in Science & Society; Popular Descriptions of Environmental Epigenetics; Historical studies in mid-century genetics and bio-informatics; Bone Marrow Recruitment and Registration
- FALL 2013: Clinical Exome Sequencing/discussion of results; Environmental dysregulation of germline function in C. elegans; Deaf Genetics Projects/Cancer Genetics Education for the Deaf Community
- WINTER 2013: Causal Understandings of Autism & Environmental Epigenetics
- FALL 2012: Sex in Sports; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates
- SPRING 2012: Oral History of Human Genetics; Forensic DNA and Human Rights in Latin America; Evolution of Anatomy in Mammals; History of Sexual Genetics
- WINTER 2012: Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates; Cooperative Breeding in Patrilocal Societies; The Art of Aging: Aging and Science in Film, TV, and Advertising; History of Japanese Genetics
- FALL 2011: Genetic screening and prospective studies of human populations 1950s – 1980s; Oral History of Human Genetics; Paternity, Fertility and Investment among the Himba of NW Namibia; Forensic DNA and human rights in Latin America; NanoBio + Art online social network; Racial Taxonomies in Biomedical Genomics Research; Evaluating Health Disparities in the Deaf Community
- SPRING 2011: “Water Bodies”/develop a hybrid social network that will be a resource of information and activism in relation to the state of water – globally.
- WINTER 2011: Evolution of bat coloration and roosting ecology; Model organism newsletters, cooperation and community in genetics and developmental biology; Genetic Studies of Human Population; Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; URC/SRP 99 project: Maternal effects shaping social network traits in yellow-bellied marmots